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South East Creatives

South East Creatives is a business development programme, supporting growing creative practices working in Essex, East Sussex and Kent.

The programme is for creative, cultural or digital businesses, looking to cultivate their skills and broaden their professional network. Businesses and sole traders can opt for one of the following:

To apply for any of the above please fill in the eligibility form.

Case Studies

You can check out our case studies to see what has been supported, including this month's case study from Kay Ridgwell.

South East Creatives events in Folkestone

South East Creatives events in Folkestone

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Industry Panel Discussions 

Let's Go Outside: Maintaining Live Performance, for everyone, in a Pandemic  

These two panel discussions will discuss the challenges faced by performing arts organisations and artists when we 'Go Outside’, how we ensure health, safety & well being without compromising on artistic integrity, and how are organisations ensuring that they cater to diverse audiences.

Let’s Go Outside - Session 1

South East Industry Panel Discussion and Q&A

Panel chair:

Benjamin Sebastian, Performance Space


Katy Baird, Home Live Art

Selina Bonelli, artist

Emma Wilcox, Creative Estuary

Click here to view on YouTube


Let’s Go Outside - Session 2

Folkestone Panel Discussion and Q&A 

Panel chair:

Benjamin Sebastian, Performance Space


Diane Dever, Folkestone Fringe

Sadie Hurley, JimJam Arts

Matthew Jones, 1DegreeEast

Joseph Morgan Schofield, Performance Space

Click here to view on YouTube


Sound Mirror Sessions

22nd October to 26th November

Thursdays 6.30pm 

Register in advance for the meetings here.

Sound Mirror Sessions (SMS) is back for an Autumn series of meet ups for musicians, producers, promoters, creatives and music lovers. Join SMS live online to listen to and discover music from artists in the South East, share your own work, and connect with a community to find your future collaborations.

In each event, SMS will showcase 2 musicians, creatives or groups working in the music industry. Followed by a discussion, this will be a great time to find out more from the artists, share your projects and get to know your musical community better.


This event is free and open to all. Hosted by Randolph Matthews and Louella Mae Ogle Ward.

Film Industry Sessions 

South East Creatives in partnership with Violet Pictures and Screen South are back with a second series of masterclasses and development/networking sessions to support film creatives . The first series of events took place across June and July and these new masterclass events will focus on the technical aspects of colour grading your work with Greg Fisher (26th Oct), marketing and distribution with Andrew Mackie (9th Nov) and how to develop your career as a moving image and performance artist with Michelle Williams Gamaker (23rd Nov). For the networking sessions we have included a development element where we will focus on short film script development from feedback to structure through to funding opportunities. 

There will also be the chance to book talent development surgeries where you can discuss an idea you have for a project or just some career advice with the masterclass panelists and James Collie from Violet Pictures.

Development/networking sessions:

For this series of networking sessions we have included a development element where we will focus on short film script development from feedback to structure through to funding opportunities.

26 Oct - Discussion with Deal-based colourist, Greg Fisher

2 Nov -  How to structure your short film scripts (networking session)

9 Nov - Discussion with Andrew Mackie, Transmission Films16 Nov  - Actor table reads and getting your script read for valuable feedback  (networking session)

23 Nov - Discussion with Michelle Williams Gamaker,  moving image and performance artist

30 Nov - Your script is done so what now?  (networking session)

Book your place here:


Creative Polymath Sessions

Creative Polymaths is a small biz peer support group set up as part of the South East Creatives programme. These talks are available to watch from the dates below on Creative Folkestone’s YouTube channel and on Facebook page.

3rd November - One Stop Tech Shop

In this talk members of Creative Polymaths talk about the tech, systems and tools that they use to run their businesses. 

7th November - Social Media Tips

Katy Lockey of Milk & Moon shares some of her social media top tips for small business. 

10th November - Storytelling to Market your Biz

Martha of Paperboat Documentaries tells us how storytelling can be used to promote your business and talks to Charlotte from Moo Like a Monkey about her story. 

14th November - Things I Forget I can Do - Identifying and Valuing Transferable Skills

Charlotte of Moo Like a Monkey and Maria of The Lemon Hound talk about transferable skills that are essential when running a small business. 

17th November - The Importance of Boundaries

Sarah of Kiitos Studios and Philippa of Threads talk about how boundary setting impacts your business and creative practice. 

24th November - The Value of Community

In this talk members of Creative Polymaths talk about the communities that help support their businesses. 

A Guide to Setting Yourself Up As a Freelancer 

Nikky Lyle is a Creative Recruiter and D&AD President Judge with 8+ year’s experience working with some of the top UK freelance talent and creative agencies in UK, US and Europe. As well experiencing setting up two successful businesses herself. 

During these sessions Nikky will talk you through the entire process of setting yourself up as a freelancer.

 The course will cover everything from choosing a company name, registering your company with companies house, the pros and cons of being a sole trader, using an umbrella company or registering yourself as a limited company. You’ll also cover how to setup a business bank account, deciding if to use online software or an accountant and how to make sure you’re legally compliant. The course will also touch on how you should market yourself, covering the best social media platforms to use for your business and the best way to create your website.

By the end of the course you’ll have all the knowledge you’ll need to set up with your back office infrastructure, all the way through to your online shop front, which you can use to start attracting customers. You’ll be fully independent and ready to start your new venture and exciting adventure of being your own boss!

Live workshops & group coaching sessions available 7th, 10th and 14th December 18:00 – 20:00

Book your place here:


COVID-19 Support 

South East Creatives in Folkestone have put together these COVID-19 Business Support Resources are available here:

About South East Creatives

About South East Creatives

Businesses in the creative, cultural and digital sectors are being encouraged to take advantage of a new £5.1million grants and support programme.

The South East Creative, Cultural and Digital Programme (SECCADS) is an ambitious programme, led by Thurrock Council and running across Essex, Kent and East Sussex.

Between now and December 2020, it aims to help more than 370 companies and sole-traders with business support or match-funded grants of up to £20,000, contributing a major boost to the creative economy in the South East.

Grants awarded under the scheme can be used to fund both capital and revenue projects, including equipment, plant and machinery costs, salary costs towards a new role, supporting initial rent for new premises, funding the cost of purchasing patents, IT software and much more.

The business support element of the programme has been awarded to Space Studios - a well-established organisation supporting the creative industry. Space is developing a programme tailored to meet the specific needs of creative businesses in the South East.

The programme will be supported by established local cultural hubs at Creative Folkestone, Resort Studios in Margate, Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne and De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea, as well as by partners based in Thurrock, Southend and Colchester.

For more information and to find out whether you are eligible for this programme, please go to


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